Anita Manning and Raj Bisram travel around East Anglia hunting for treasures to take to auction in Beeston, Norfolk.
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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts.
With £200 each...
..a classic car and a goal - to scour Britain for antiques.
-That's exactly what I'm talking about.
-I'm all of a shiver!
The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.
-Going, going, gone.
There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.
So, will it be the high road to glory...
-..or the slow road to disaster?
How awfully, awfully nice.
This is Antiques Road Trip!
Today, we witness the blossoming of a brand-new road trip
relationship for two antiquos.
Anita Manning and Raj Bisram.
Raj, the sun is shining, the sky is blue.
-Are you ready for a new adventure?
-I certainly am.
Anita is the road trip queen bee, with a passion for Scottish art
and, of course, jewellery.
Who could resist rummaging through lot there?
Raj is a relative Road Trip newbie,
but as a former army fitness instructer and champion skier,
he takes the competition very seriously.
We're moving in for the kill now.
Blimey. They'll be cruising the country
in this rather snazzy 1978 Triumph Spitfire.
Tell me what you think about the car?
A friend of mine had cars like this,
but what I don't remember is how small they are inside.
Maybe you're bigger now, Raj?
Yeah, well, you weren't going to mention that. OK?
Ha! Anita and Raj begin their journey with £200 each.
Departing from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire,
they'll explore Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex,
then head south, to Kent, Surrey and Sussex,
before finishing at their final auction, in Bolton, Lancashire.
Phew. But the very first calling point
is at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire,
with their opening auction taking them to Beeston in Norfolk.
-Have you been to Norfolk before?
-I've been to Norfolk before
and I love, I absolutely love, East Anglia.
I love the flatness of it, because, for me, it's so unusual.
One thing I do know is that they have this saying in Norfolk,
when you want to have a chat, they say, "let's have a mardle".
So, let's have a mardle!
Save your margling for Norfolk,
as the first stop today is in the capital of the Fens,
Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.
A charming market town graced with gorgeous Georgian architecture.
Well, well, well, here we are.
You've got a pocket full of money.
-Wish me luck, Anita.
-Good luck, darling.
-OK. Oh, lovely!
-See you later.
Granny's Cupboard Antiques
has been running for 30 years and is owned by Richard.
-Hi, Richard, isn't it?
-Hi, I'm Raj.
-Nice to meet you.
It's so lovely to come into a shop full of antiques, proper antiques!
Richard specialises in small antiques,
sourcing them from walk-in customers,
house clearances and from his travels.
That's an unusual pattern, Richard, for Doulton?
I haven't seen...I don't think I've seen this pattern before.
No, it's not one I've come across, either.
-Is it just the one or is there a pair?
-I think it's a single.
Well, I mean, I would think it would definitely have been made as a pair,
but it's still very, very unusual.
Royal Doulton have produced countless collections
over its 200-year reign,
but one of a pair will not be as profitable as the two.
Not a problem, though, because there's plenty on offer in here.
Have you got any bits of jewellery, Richard?
There's a few bits I've actually just been pricing up.
That's a nice silver bit of Art Nouveau, enamelled.
-Quite like that.
-That's a nice piece of jewellery, isn't it?
This is a really lovely piece of Art Nouveau jewellery.
It's a really nice little brooch,
it's got mother of pearl in it and I really like the design.
There's £28 on the ticket.
What could you do that for, Richard, please?
Could I get you down to a nice round 20?
No? Fair enough. Can we split the difference at 22?
-We have a deal.
22. I've got my first item on this trip.
Speaking of jewellery, the doyenne of all things shiny and silver
is whizzing around Cambridgeshire in the Spitfire, while we speak.
Raj is a lovely guy
and I wonder what his tactics are going to be?
Is he going to spend big
or is he going to be careful at the beginning?
Well, I suppose it all depends
on what's there in front of you in the shop.
But it seems Raj's tactic is doing as Anita does.
1930s ladies purse.
It's in excellent condition.
These actually have become quite collectable these days.
If I can get that at the right price,
that's definitely a little buy.
Anita would be very pleased with me.
With no price on the label, it's back to Richard.
-It's quite nice condition.
-It's very good condition, isn't it?
-Very, very cheap.
-You can't argue that price.
-No, I can't, no.
-I'm not even going to ask for any discount.
-What could it be?
-It could be a tenner.
-You can't go wrong with that.
-It's a sale.
Raj has found himself an Art Nouveau brooch and an early 20th century
ladies' purse for £32.
Thank you very much for being patient with me
-and let's hope I do well on these items.
-Let's hope so.
If not, I'll be back.
Still in Wisbech,
Anita's here to find out about one of Britain's forgotten heroes,
whose pioneering work transformed human rights
across the world for good.
Wisbech and Fenland Museum chairman
Richard Barnwell is here to tell Anita more.
It's wonderful to be in Wisbech,
in front of this magnificent memorial to Thomas Clarkson,
the great slave abolitionist.
In the 18th century, Britain was embroiled in the transatlantic trade
triangle, exchanging goods for slaves from Africa,
who were then shipped to America
and traded for produce to be brought back home.
Britain's economy prospered,
as millions died and others endured barbaric conditions.
Very few were fully aware of the true cost of the slave trade,
so local lad Thomas Clarkson
vowed to spread the message and put an end to this inhumanity.
Thomas went to St John's College, Cambridge, in the 1780s.
And the topic was, for a prize essay,
"Is It Lawful To Make A Slave Of Others Against Their Will?2
And Thomas won this prize essay
and he decided there and then to make it his life's work
to abolish slavery.
So, tell me, what was the scale of the slave trade at that time?
Various contemporary estimates say that in the 18th century there was
something like three million Africans
were transported from Africa to the West Indies,
so it was an enormous problem.
Overall, it is estimated that up to 30 million Africans were forced into
slavery across the American continent
between the 15th and 19th centuries.
Spurred on by what he discovered in 1787,
Clarkson began touring the country,
gathering more evidence to take to his newly-established committee
to abolish the slave trade.
All the work and all the information that was collated was collected
by Thomas, riding round the countryside.
It's said he rode over 35,000 miles on horseback.
Who was he talking to, Richard,
to get all this information together?
He was visiting the great slaving ports at the time,
which would be Bristol, Liverpool and London.
And he was talking to the seamen
about their experiences on the ships.
Clarkson amassed over 20,000 sailors' testimonies
to back up his cause.
He carried a chest everywhere he went, collecting interesting,
useful and, most crucially, valuable goods
from Africa, to show that Britain could trade in products,
rather than people.
This chest, that helped change history,
is now on proud display in the museum.
So, Anita, here we have the raw cotton here,
the loom and, then, the thread,
which the Africans were able to make fine textiles.
We have, obviously, ivory here,
and probably, most important, were the spices,
which were, of course, unknown in England, at that time.
Yeah. What this did was humanise
the slaves who were being used.
Clarkson's crusade became the first mass public protest campaign
in history. 20 years after he began,
with the help of influential MP, William Wilberforce,
the slave trade was abolished in the British Empire.
It was the first of many acts around the world,
and a huge victory for the movement.
So what was Thomas Clarkson's legacy?
Well, I think perhaps his most important legacy
is that the abolition movement,
at the end of the 18th century amd into the 19th century,
gave rise, in later generations,
to the formation of the human rights movement,
and, of course, that is so important in our world still today,
to recognise that we have a responsibility
towards other nations and newer generations,
as much as recognising what was done in the past.
Richard, this has been a most amazing story.
-So thank you so much...
-Thank you for coming.
-..for sharing it with me.
-A great pleasure.
Thomas Clarkson died in 1846,
but this Wisbech man should forever
be celebrated for his tremendous triumph for human rights,
in one of the most significant achievements in world history.
Raj, meanwhile, has made his way south of Wisbech, to Littleport,
just outside Ely, which lies on the River Great Ouse.
Raj is here to check out a relatively-new antiques haven,
run by Andrew. Hi, Andrew.
The Salvage And Trading Post
has a plethora of antique collectable and vintage treats
for Raj to check out.
Well, this is a very, very unusual piece.
It's an artificial horizon gadget.
There are lots of militaria collectors all over the world.
It's one of the biggest growing markets that there is.
But what makes it valuable, is it's off a Spitfire.
Things like that would fetch really good money.
But it's proving it's off a Spitfire.
And, to be honest, I have no idea.
It says: "Do not jar, handle like eggs."
Lovely bit of kit.
Collectors can be picky about provenance and, without proof,
he's probably right to give it a miss.
Here we have a 19th-Century copper warming pan.
But these are something that have gone down in value
over the last ten years, dramatically.
These all used to fetch between £50 and £100.
This one is only £14.
Gosh! We're moving in for the kill now.
Andrew. I wonder, could I have a look at some of the things
in your cabinet, please?
Is there anything in particular, Raj?
I'd like to see the butter knife.
Cheese scoop, as you call it.
That's an unusual thing.
It is. Unfortunately, the box is damaged on that,
but, as you rightly say, the scoop is an unusual one.
This is like a butter knife, but with a little horn handle.
Yes. Yes, I think the collar is actually silver hallmarked,
-and it's "Sheffield, 1906."
Are the rest of them hallmarked, as well?
-No, I believe the others are plate.
What could you do this for?
Well, the ticket price is 38.
I'm prepared to say £30?
It's a bit too tight for me.
-I'll take 25.
Well, let me put it there for the moment, OK, if I can?
And just think about that.
Andrew thinks he's got something else to Raj's taste.
This is the 101st edition of the Streeter & Co.
As I understand it, it's actually a gold leaf illustration,
-..quite a rare...
-It's a lovely little book.
This was originally a shop in London, in Bond Street.
And they sold really good quality jewellery
and small artefacts and this is basically their catalogue.
The illustrations are gorgeous. You'd absolutely love it.
How much have you got on this?
Yeah, if I were to buy these two items...
If I were to say £60 for the two.
£60 for two?
I'm not going to argue with you at all, Andrew.
-I'm going to shake your hand.
-Thank you, Raj.
Very well done.
So, that's two cracking gems for Raj. A 1940s butter knife,
cheese slice and pickle fork set
and a rather unusual jewellers' gems' book,
both for £30 each.
20, 30, 40, 50, 60.
Thank you, Raj. I wish you all the luck.
Thank you very much, indeed.
Back to Anita now, and she's tootled to Tottenhill, near King's Lynn,
for her first shop of the trip, run by Jane.
Hello, Anita, so pleased that you're here.
And it's lovely, lovely, lovely to be here.
-I look around and everything looks beautiful.
The Antiques Emporium has a rather fine collection of goods,
but, as usual, the cabinets are calling Anita.
These pieces of agate, or pebbles,
are found in the streams and beaches of Scotland.
They were collected and taken down to the New Town in Edinburgh
and polished and made into these lovely brooches and bracelets.
And this, it's a little pillbox.
Isn't that bonnie? Look at this striped agate here.
The colours are wonderful.
I was hoping that it might be gold, but it's not gold.
This probably dates from the late 19th, early 20th century.
But it's still functional in our modern days today.
One to consider?
And what we have here is a little miniature chamber candlestick.
The handle, the base, the tub here,
all have a very nice detail.
Now, this chain here is really what we will call, perhaps,
a fancy link chain.
But it's the type of thing that...
a Victorian gentleman would wear.
This would go through his buttonhole here
and this very nice fob here, with the citrine glass stone,
would sit outside.
I really like this one because it's quite unusual.
And I would like to have a go at it.
This chain is known as an Albert, named after Prince Albert,
who wore this style of watch chain in the early 19th century.
Anita has a few options, so it's time to find Jane.
Jane, I've found three things which I liked.
-But there's one thing that has intrigued me.
-And it's this thing here.
-I believe that it is something
that they used to use for spooning out and stirring pig swill.
Pig swill? Right. Not porridge?
-I'm going to call it a porridge stirrer.
-How much is that?
-I think we could do £20 on that.
Could you do those...
The three, the porridge stirrer and the two wee...
yellow metal things for 40 quid?
Both the pillbox and the Albert chain are marked up at £30 each.
Oh, you're pushing me there, Anita!
Well, just say "no" and throw me out of the door.
Could we say...50?
£50 for the three things?
-Put it there.
And Anita's bagged herself a Victorian Albert,
or watch chain, for £20,
an agate pillbox for 25
and a four-foot rustic wooden spoon for £5.
-I'll place them in there really carefully.
..it's off to auction I go.
Good luck, Anita!
Such a stirrer. But, for now, it's home to bed, you two.
It's a new day and our experts are back, tearing around
in the Triumph Spitfire.
There's a bit of a rattling noise here.
-There is, to be honest.
-Is that your old bones?
It's either my old bones or it's this car.
I'm a bit worried about it.
Either way, I'd be worried.
Yesterday, Raj managed to bag himself an Art Nouveau brooch,
a ladies' purse, a butter knife,
cheese slice and pickle fork set and a rare jeweller's book for £92,
leaving him £108 to play with.
I love these two things.
Anita's spent a quarter of the budget on an Albert,
or watch chain...
..an agate pillbox and a four-foot wooden spoon,
arming her with £150 to spend today.
Ah, you've got to take a chance every now and again, haven't you?
So, how are they getting on?
I'm thoroughly enjoying myself, so far. You're fantastic company,
-I have to say.
-You really are.
So far, it's been fantastic.
With the auction in Beeston in sight,
this perky pair must first head to the next destination,
Fakenham in Norfolk.
Do you like the wind in your hair, Raj?
I love the wind in my hair.
Hey, a bit below the belt, Anita!
The historic market town of Fakenham
lies on the River Wensum
and grew in the 19th century, due to its expanding printing industry.
Anita's here to call at Fakenham Antiques And Collectables,
run by Sandy. Look out.
-Good morning, Anita.
-How are you?
The business has been running for 45 years.
Straight to the glass cabinets this time.
There's a surprise.
And this time, it's colour that's pulling my eye.
These are 1930s napkin rings.
They're made of Bakelite.
They do have that vintage look
that young people are looking for today.
Now, this is a set of six here and I quite like them.
They're priced at £28.
It's a wee bit dear to sell at auction,
but I may be able to do a deal with Sandy on that.
But Anita's not ready to commit just yet - oh, no.
Colourful and beautiful ceramics are irresistible.
This vase is made by Moorcroft.
This one was made in 2007.
This is the decorator's design,
Emma Bossons, so, although it's not an old one,
it is an antique of the future.
This is called tube lining.
It's like the icing on a cake.
Now, this is priced at...
That's a wee bit too steep for my budget, at the moment,
but that's a lot cheaper
than you would buy it, if you were buying it new
and it possibly could be an investment for the future.
Vases like this can retail at upwards of £400,
but Anita's still got her eye on those napkin rings.
I like these, I think they're quite stylish.
-They're pretty, aren't they?
-I think that this is perhaps been part of a bigger set...
..because I would have liked more variety in the colours,
because we've got three green ones there.
I could do them for 18.
-Could we do them for 18?
-Let's go for it.
So, that's £18 for the 1930s Bakelite napkin rings.
Straight in her pocket.
-It's been lovely being here.
-Lovely having you, Anita.
Meanwhile, Raj is travelling ten miles north,
towards the attractive town of Wells-next-the-Sea,
so-called due to its historic proximity to fresh springs.
Landscape's very, very flat.
It's a little bit like Kent, where I'm from,
but this is obviously much flatter.
Raj is heading to a magnificent stately home, to learn about
an agricultural pioneer
whose ground-breaking techniques helped form the future
of Britain's farming industry.
Raj is here to meet Holkham Hall's manager, Sharon Cheshire.
What a fantastic place!
It's quite impressive, isn't it?
Soon after Holkham was built,
the population soared and demand for food was growing,
calling for what some say was an agricultural revolution.
This neo-classical mansion
was at the heart of this innovative agricultural transformation.
Wow. What an amazing portrait of the man.
Done by Gainsborough, as well.
Yeah. Thomas William Cook, Cook of Norfolk.
The man who took over Holkham Hall.
He inherited it at the end of the 17th century.
It was about 30,000 acres at that time
and it was already a well-running and well-developed estate,
but because the things were being planted year after year,
the crops were starting to deteriorate.
So he knew that, to take the estate forward,
he would have to look at new methods of developing the land.
A century earlier, British statesman Charles Townshend
developed a crop rotation system, whereby weeds, turnips,
barley and clover were cultivated in succession,
preventing soil exhaustion
and earning him the moniker, "Turnip Townsend".
Cook built on that idea and other revolutionary techniques,
such as cross-breeding animals, to improve quality and seed drilling,
introducing them to Holkham.
There was lots of tenant farmers on the estate
and each ran their own areas,
but he encouraged them to sign documents to say they would stick
with his plan, so that they would all work together.
And obviously, having a house like this, where you can have
amazing parties, bringing all those people in, does help.
Despite also working as an MP for Norfolk,
charismatic Cook invested time,
energy and money in expanding Holkham's farming and reputation.
This is a very elaborate trophy.
Beautiful engraving on it.
-Holkham Sheep Show.
-Yeah. It would have been one of the trophies
given for the breeding of cattle.
Each year, Cook hosted three-day shearing events,
a forerunner of county shows.
Well, this is another first for me.
These events attract people from across the nation to share their
expertise, learn from others
and win prizes for the best animals on the show.
There was even a trophy for the fastest shearer.
Can I let you finish it off?
Probably for the best. Has it still got any legs?
I hope I wasn't too baa-d!
The care and passion Cook showed for agricultural development meant that,
after his death in 1842, his tenants funded a memorial in his honour.
Sharon, tell me about this amazing monument.
The monument is 120 feet high with various symbols and plaques going
around it, that basically tell a story of what he was involved in
throughout his life. Part of its represents his political career,
but it's mostly about what he achieved in agriculture.
From selective breeding in animals,
to improving crop rotation techniques,
over 170 years after Thomas William Cook's death,
his principles are still being used and the impact of his
ground-breaking achievements live on.
Back with Anita again, who's ventured inland to Holt,
The area suffered a great fire in the early 18th century,
forcing a major rebuilding work
and turning it into the stunning Georgian town we see today.
Anita is here to visit an old haunt, owned by Mandy.
-It's lovely to be back again...
-Nice to see you again.
-..to your antiques centre.
Mandy's been at Shire Hall Lane Antiques Centre
for five years now, and as Anita's trod on these boards before,
she knows her way around.
Raj, how's your blood pressure?
The centre has nine showrooms, home to 20 different dealers.
They specialise in period furniture,
but there are plenty of antiques and collectables to boot.
So Anita should be in heaven.
It's a Concorde for kids!
Isn't this the most marvellous, unusual kids' car
that you could ever see?
£95 for that streamlined piece of machinery.
Anita's already bought one big wooden lump on this lake,
so it's off to find something a little more Manning-esque.
I love figure groups. I love sculpture.
And I'm sort of drawn to this figure group here.
It's of, I would imagine, two sisters here
from maybe the '20s or the '30s,
and they've got that characteristic short bobbed hair.
It's made of plaster.
So it's not a fine thing, but it has this lovely,
lovely terracotta colour here,
which I find very appealing.
If we look at it, we've got a wee bit of damage there,
a little foot has been off.
And there's a bit of damage on the toe there.
It's only £28.
Mandy, I've been drawn to this little figure group here.
It reminds me of me and my sister,
and we had both these bob haircuts when we were young.
Are you able to do anything about the price?
-How does 22 sound?
Mm-hm. Could it be bought at 20?
-Go on, you've twisted my arm.
-OK, that's great.
-Is that all right?
-Thank you very, very much.
So that's an even 20 for a terracotta figure group
of two sisters, without a toe.
-Thank you again.
Now, it's back to Raj again,
who's joined Anita in Holt
to check out Mews Antiques Emporium, run by Andrew.
-Andrew, isn't it?
-Nice to meet you.
There's lots of rooms here, I think.
Yes, you're very welcome. There's eight rooms upstairs.
Spread over two floors,
this antiques collectables and vintage store has
lots of nooks and crannies for Raj to explore. Going down?
Well, I've got about £100 left.
And I really want to make a good profit.
I'm happy to spend it all, but I've got to find the right thing.
Go on, then, do it!
Here's a lovely old tennis racket.
The ones that, really, you should be looking for are the fish tail ones.
The handle is just like a fish tail,
and those are really highly collectable.
And continuing his sporting theme...
Here we have a nice old golf club as well.
And this is one of the collectable ones,
because the Scottish early makers are the really collectable ones.
A nice old hickory-shafted iron.
But like Anita, Raj is drifting towards those cabinets again!
-Yes? I wonder, is it possible I could have a look
-at that silver picture frame there?
-Yes, of course.
-A nice frame.
-It is a lovely, lovely frame, but
-It's such a shame...
-..is missing, because that is a beautiful frame.
In perfect condition, a frame like this could make upwards of £100.
This damaged frame, though, has a ticket price of £49.
But Raj wants Andrew to see if the dealer can do any better.
Your silver frame, which has got a small amount of damage on
the right bottom there,
the cost is £49.
What's the best we can do on that one?
OK. Yeah, I understand. Thank you very much.
Time to break the news to Raj.
-What did he manage to say?
Is that the very best?
Well, the very, very best would be 30.
30? I'm going to shake your hand.
30, we have a deal.
So that's £30 for the 1920s silver photo frame.
-Thank you very much again, Andrew.
Where's the tulips gone? Oh, there they are. Good. And shopping's complete!
So let's have a little peek at the purchases.
Including his frame, Raj shelled out £122 on an Art Nouveau brooch,
a ladies' cloth purse, a butter knife, cheese slice and pickle fork set,
as you do, and a rare gems book.
Anita spent £88 on an Albert guard chain,
an agate pillbox,
a giant wooden spoon,
a set of Bakelite napkin rings and a terracotta figure of two sisters,
one missing a toe.
I'm wondering if Raj has been influenced by me
in the things that he's bought,
because there is definitely a feminine influence there.
We have that lovely wee brooch,
silver and enamel is always wonderful.
The metal pillbox.
Nice little thing, very collectable, right up Anita's street,
-could do well.
-But my favourite item
is that wonderful gems book,
with those coloured and gilt illustrations.
That's a valuable little piece of history
for anyone who's interested in jewellery.
I think the wooden spoon's going to do really well.
I think this would cause quite a stir.
And whizzing away from Wisbech,
our experts are now cruising their way through the Norfolk countryside,
headed for their first auction in Beeston.
Well, Anita, here we are,
first auction day, the sun is shining,
it's a little bit nippy, what do you think's going to happen today?
A little bit nippy?
I'm sure you must be really warm
under that absolutely fabulous bonnet.
Well, as you can tell, the hair isn't doing it.
It's round one of Bisram versus Manning and it's all to play for.
I don't like losing, but...
if I lose to you, I'll be losing to the far better person.
Let's see if he's just as relaxed when they are three auctions in.
-Here we are.
Here we are, Anita.
The first auction.
Exciting, darling, exciting!
The family-run Townsend Auction Galleries
have been open for 20 years.
Their antiques, fine art and jewellery sale today
will be led by veteran auctioneer David Palmer.
My favourite item is the wooden spoon, it's brilliant.
It has a presence.
This is a spoon that appeals to this county.
The 1920s French purse,
this was created before the French became fashionable and chic.
It looks to me as though someone has chopped a bit out of an old sofa and
used that. The terracotta figure group is the bete noire,
I think, of this group.
It's just plain bizarre and hideous.
The Streeter & Co book, this is wonderful.
I think this is the star lot. It's not just words,
you have pictures, so it appeals to far more people.
Interesting thoughts, there.
Time to see whether the auction-goers of Norfolk agree.
There's internet bidding here, too. So it could get exciting.
Here we are, darling.
The moment of the moments of truth!
First up is Anita's Albert guard chain.
A rather nice piece, this.
Appreciated much in Scotland, I believe these items are.
Ten, 12, 15, 18, 20.
22, 25, 28, 30 over here. 30.
At £30 now. 35, 38, 40.
40 in the room.
The room at 40. In the room at 40 now...
Are you back in? I'll take your two, sir. He'll gives you a kiss!
-£2 for a kiss!
That is that at 42.
An incredible profit, straight off the blocks.
-Doubled my money.
-You doubled your money and more.
No pressure on Raj, then, for his Art Nouveau brooch up next.
Oh, wonderful lot!
Wonderful, wonderful lot, this is!
Tenner for it? Ten for it. Ten, 12, 15.
At 15... 18, 20 22,
at 22. 25, 28, 30, 30, 32 over here.
Keep it going! 40. 45, 50, 55.
60, stick with it, go 60.
60. And five again, 65.
At 65, here in front at 65.
It's in the room at 75, are you back in at 80?
-80, over there at 80.
-Could be, could be, could be.
I sell the far end at 80.
All done at 80.
Crikey Moses, Raj has almost quadrupled his money
on his first item!
£80, that is brilliant.
Can Raj's butter knife set do just as well?
A tenner for it? Straight in at 10. Tenner bid, at ten, take two.
12, 15, 18, 20, 22,
28, over there at 28 now.
30, back at 30.
All done at £32.
It's not a profit after auction costs, sadly.
-Still a profit.
-You have to be grateful it's a profit.
Next up is Anita's agate pillbox.
Ten, 12, 15, 18, over there at 18.
20, 22, 25, 28, 30.
They're going, they're going!
38. 40, 45? 40.
It's 45, new money at 45.
50, and again 55?
At 60, I sell against you at 60.
I sell then at £65.
-Wow, that is a...
-I'm happy with that!
I mean, who wouldn't be? Anita's more than doubled her money again.
Now we're back for Raj and his silver frame.
30, and £30 now, take a two.
32, 35, 38.
38, and 40.
40. 45, at 45, stick with it, madam.
At 45, 50!
Stick with it, 55? At 55, make him pay, madam!
At 55, are you in at 60?
-Don't give in now!
65? At 65 now?
At £65, all gone at 65.
Raj has more than doubled his money, too.
What an auction, eh?
And that was the one that we were worried about.
Next it's Anita's terracotta figure group.
Auctioneer David wasn't keen.
Let's hope the buyers disagree.
-Tenner for it?
Tenner bid, ten, 12. 15, I've got. 18 off you.
18, over there at 18 now.
And I sell it at 18, 20.
At 20. 22 now, at the back at 22.
Back of the room at 22.
All done at £22.
After auction costs, that's a small loss for Anita.
I shouldn't be, but I am disappointed.
-I am, that was worth more!
Let's see if Raj's ladies' purse can do any better.
Auctioneer David didn't hold out much hope.
Ten. I've got ten in the room.
Further bid off the net. At ten, take two, 12.
15? Are you all together?
15 with her, then, 18 off you.
15 the lady. 18, 20.
22 down here.
25, 30, lady at 30.
On the sofa at 30, selling at 30.
Crikey! Raj is on fire today with his fourth consecutive profit.
You've trebled your blooming money!
Let's see if Anita can do the same
with her rather jazzy Bakelite napkin rings.
20, 22, 25.
25? 28, 30,
30. 32, 35. 35.
38, 40, 45.
At 45, one more will get it.
-Just one more and you'll get it.
50, there at 50.
At 50, you sure?
Standing at the back at 50, no one else?
Done and finished at 50.
-That's it, 50. Brilliant, well done.
Crikey, it could be a close call, this one.
I've still got my star lot to come!
It's all down to the two last items,
the first of which is Anita's giant spoon.
I can't wait for this!
Start me at a tenner. Ten, I'm bid.
At ten, take two, ten, 12.
At 12 now, 15, 18, 20, 22, 20 over there.
28, 30, 32?
35, 35 here. 38? 38.
at 40, the bids are at 40.
-It's worth more than that!
-This is cheap! At 40.
Come on, it's worth more than that, look at the size of it!
45. 42, 45,
over at 45. Make it 48?
Go 48, she'll go 50, you know she will.
46, now 50.
With the lady at 50.
I'm selling at 50, I'll take the two again.
At 50, done at 50.
That's good, well done.
Last but not least is Raj's beautiful gems book.
It's auctioneer David's top pick.
So can Raj make it five profits in a row?
20, 25, 30, 35, 40...
There's more bidders at the back.
60, 65, 70, 75, 80...
75, I sell...
At 85... 90 over here.
At 90. It's in the room at 90.
Net, where are you now?
95. 100, room at 100.
In the room at 100.
Look at that smile!
110, 120 room.
The internet's in as well.
Come on, net, 150.
Sir, don't let the net get it!
Goes then at 150, all done at £150 on the net.
-A good buy, well done!
My goodness, an unbelievable £120 profit.
Amazing job, Raj. You are a gem.
-Happy, happy, happy?
-I like to see you happy!
-Happy, I'm a happy Raj, I'm a happy Raj.
Anita began with £200, and after auction costs she's made £99.78,
leaving her with a lovely £299.78 to spend next time.
Raj started with the same amount and after taking auction costs into
account, he made £170.74.
Giving him the lead with a staggering £370.74.
After you, Anita.
Raj, wasn't that fabulous?
Unbelievable! What a fantastic day.
-A great auctioneer.
We made a profit on absolutely everything.
Wow, we've got plenty of money to go into the next leg.
We certainly have. Don't forget your seat belt.
-Forward, Macduff, forward.
Toodle-pip! Next time, the East Anglian road trip continues...
We're on the road again!
..Raj Bisram thinks tactically...
I wonder if I could maybe put Anita in these?
..and Anita Manning negotiates hard.
Could you come down even a wee bit more?
Anita Manning and Raj Bisram, each armed with £200, take a 1973 Triumph Spitfire on a B-road romp around East Anglia hunting for treasures to take to auction in Beeston, Norfolk. Along the way, Anita uncovers the little-known story about a local hero, anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson, and Raj hears about an agricultural pioneer at the stunning Holkham Hall.